Five Ways to Fail at Attracting and Retaining Customers in 2009

Earlier this week I offered an article written by Paul Segreto which focused on ways to overcome your fears of business failure and not let them paralyze you to inaction. Today I thought we would explore business failure from another perspective – those business owners who choose to believe that they have all the answers, that the customer should learn to properly appreciate them instead of the other way around, and that their business is so successful that it's not possible for anything to cause its' failure. Do you know any of these business owners? Have you worked for any of them? How many businesses do you know that are (or were) successful until the owner's ego got in the way?

For those of you who can relate to these questions and are right now thinking of a certain business that you are currently aware of (or one that used to exist), you are likely to enjoy the irony of the article I read in a recent issue of the MarketingProfs newsletter; the article was entitled, "Five Ways to Fail at Attracting and Retaining Customers in 2009". This article takes a sarcastic approach to trying to help you understand the actions you need to take to insure that your business continues to grow and achieve success. I know as I read it I was reminded of several companies in my history that could have been case studies for the article. Read for yourself at the following link and see how many companies you know that could use this reminder – hopefully you're not one of them! http://www.marketingprofs.com/9/ways-to-fail-at-attracting-retaining-customers-difrisco.asp?sp=1

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